British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for PMQs at the House of Commons on September 30, 2020 in London, England.
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LONDON – The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson on Wednesday called on the British to adhere to the rules in order to avoid stricter restrictions on the coronavirus, as the country is struggling with a rapid jump in the number of reported cases of coronavirus.
“The best way to protect the NHS, save lives, keep our children in school and run the economy is to follow the rules wherever we live,”
“I don’t want to go back to a national lock where the general leadership is to stay at home,” Johnson said in response to a question from the public. “That’s not what we’re saying, we want to keep the economy moving, we want to keep young people, students in education. But the only way to do that is if we all follow the guidelines and depress the virus.”
The prime minister, who recently had to apologize for confusing government rules on coronavirus, spoke with Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, and Patrick Valance, his chief scientific adviser, during a televised news conference.
This comes shortly after the country registered its largest number of registered Covid-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
The UK reported an additional 7,143 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, surpassing the number of new cases reported in late April and early May, when austerity measures were introduced across the country, although more daily Covid-19 tests are now being conducted. than in the spring.
The UK also registered 71 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday. This is the largest number of Covid-19 deaths reported in the UK since July 1. The country has the worst official casualties in Europe and the fifth largest coronavirus death worldwide.
The UK registered 7,108 new coronavirus cases and an additional 71 deaths on Wednesday, the same number of deaths reported on Tuesday.
“Discipline and decision”
Earlier, Downing Street announced that mixing households in the north-east of England would be banned from Wednesday night, after a sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases in the region.
The government has also advised residents in the region to avoid mixing with people outside their household in pubs and restaurants.
Johnson, who fell ill especially when he contracted Covid-19 earlier this year, called on the public to “call for the discipline and determination” needed to comply with the latest coronavirus rules.
In a nationwide televised broadcast on September 23, the prime minister outlined new restrictions that could take effect for up to six months, saying “there are too many violations”.
In England, restrictions include stricter rules for tiling, and the number of people who can attend weddings has been halved. Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality establishments were also told to close until 10pm, while fines for violating the new rules were increased to £ 200 ($ 256) for the first violation.
Hospitals will also have to close early in Wales and Scotland, while Northern Ireland has already banned households from mixing indoors.
Tens of millions of people in the UK are now subject to local restrictions imposed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Still, while pressure on Johnson is to impose a so-called two-week blockade to bring the virus under control, prominent lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party have spoken out against the potential for further action.
Johnson suggested the government “reserve the right to go further” with stricter regulations if the number of Covid-19 cases and related deaths continues to rise.